Prison drama Starred Up, starring Jack O’Connell (300: Rise of an Empire; Tower Block; Skins), filmed on location in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol last year will be released in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on Friday 21st March.

Eric (Jack O’Connell) is a violent young offender prematurely thrown into the dark world of an adult prison. As he struggles to assert himself against the prison officers and the other inmates, he has to confront his own father, Nev (Ben Mendelsohn); a man who has spent most of his life in jail. As Eric forges allegiances with other prisoners, he learns that his rage can be overcome and discovers the new rules of survival. But there are forces at work which threaten to destroy him.

Directed by David Mackenzie and produced by Gillian Berrie Starred Up received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The film is presented by Film4 in association with Creative Scotland, Quickfire Films, Northern Ireland Screen and Lip Sync Productions. Executive Producers Katherine Butler, Sam Lavender, James Atherton, Jan Pace, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden and David Mackenzie.

Watch the trailer for Starred Up here: